New user help - Quick check of proper distro

Liam Proven lproven at
Tue Dec 27 18:44:05 UTC 2011

On 27 December 2011 18:19, Adam Boettiger <adam at> wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> I've read the Ubuntu section on Mac Intel and looked at the distro tables but I can't see that they go up to 8,1 and I'm wondering if there are any Mac users on the list kind enough to help with a quick recommendation?
> Desired end result: Dual-partitioned 13" Early 2011 MacBook Pro, OS X Lion / Ubuntu
> Done thus far:
> - Partitioned empty space on drive to two additional partitions: 50GB Linux and 8GB swap (boards said swap should be same size as your RAM)
> Questions:
> 1. Boards said that partition drive format did not matter. True?
> 2. Order of partitions is OS X, Linux, Swap - I did not wish to wipe my existing install of OS X. Will this cause a problem if the new partitions are at the end?
> 3. It was unclear to me which flavor of Ubuntu I should download. I read things from "64 bit at your own risk and deal with the bugs" to "64 bit if you have 64 bit machine" (I do) to 32 bit for smoothest use, even if you have a 64 bit machine". Then again, many posts were from 2007, 2008 and they appear to be in the process of updating the Mac Intel section.
> So 32-bit? And the i386?
> Specs:
> Hardware Overview:
> Model Name: MacBook Pro
> Model Identifier: MacBookPro8,1
> Processor Name: Intel Core i7
> Processor Speed: 2.7 GHz
> Number of Processors: 1
> Total Number of Cores: 2
> L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
> L3 Cache: 4 MB
> Memory: 8 GB
> Boot ROM Version: MBP81.0047.B24
> SMC Version (system): 1.68f98
> Serial Number (system): Obfuscated
> Hardware UUID: 1220DD0A-290F-5FA2-A908-8EB1A77F16E4
> Sudden Motion Sensor:
> State: Enabled
> Thanks in advance for any help!

I do not own any Macintel hardware  - all my (many) Macs are 680x0 or
PowerPC - and so I have never tried this. (Although my Mac mini G4
triple-boots 10.4, 10.5 and MorphOS, with Ubuntu 10.04 on a LiveCD.)

I would suggest you download and install VirtualBox first and use it
to get familiar with installing Ubuntu before you begin trying to do
it on the "bare metal".

Also, I've had no problems at all running 64-bit, so I'd say go with
that, but I've not tried on an OS X box. This /may/ be different.

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